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Posted on Friday, September 21, 2018
Farm Festival would not be possible without MCS parents - whether it’s volunteering your time, donating and soliciting items for the event, raffle or auction, spreading the word about the event, or attending. You will hear about all of the ways Farm Festival depends on our school community in the coming weeks. For now, let's focus on some of the areas that bring in the most revenue. Raffle By now, all families should have received a raffle packet. If not, check inside your child’s backpack. ... Read More
Posted on Thursday, September 20, 2018
The MCS Parent Council is off to a blazing start! We want to thank all of the parents who stepped up and agreed to serve as Class Reps. Thank you for your service. Parent Council meetings take place on the first Thursday of every month. Everyone is welcome. We work to preserve time at the end of each meeting for open discussion. If you have any questions, suggestions, or concerns, you may share them with your class reps or bring them to our monthly meetings. We will work to keep you informed... Read More
Posted on Thursday, September 20, 2018
At the start of the 2018-2019  school year, there were several new faces among Manhattan Country School faculty and staff. We are happy to welcome the newest members of our community. Read on to learn a little bit about them. Greg Bednarsh ‘07: Kitchen AssistantEducation: B.F.A. University of North CarolinaWhy I Love MCS: Because of the stories told, the stories being told, and the stories yet to be told. There is history in every corner of what makes MCS, MCS. and because of its rich culture... Read More
Posted on Thursday, September 20, 2018
We have implemented a new policy for school dismissal on days when it is raining (or snowing) at the time of pick up. Parents will receive a School Messenger text stating that “Today will be a Rainy Day Dismissal” up to an hour before dismissal. At the end of the day, the children will be dismissed as follows: 4-5s – 7-8s: From their classrooms at 3:00 p.m. 8-9s – 9-10s: From the sidewalk at 3:00 p.m. 5th and 6th Grades: Self dismissal, exiting the building through the back door at 3:00 p.m... Read More
Posted on Monday, September 17, 2018
City College School of Education Committee on Democratic and Caring Communities is hosting a Conversation with ACLU attorney Lee Gelernt (MCS '75). Lee's recent work challenging a ban on Muslim families and defending immigrant families from being separated from their children will be the subject of the conversation that will take place at the Great Hall in Shepard Hall on Monday, September 24 from 5:30-7:00 p.m.  For more information and to register for free admission, please click here.
Posted on Monday, September 17, 2018
Manhattan Country School Curriculum Night will take place on Thursday, October 4 from 6:00-8:00 p.m.. The evening provides an opportunity for families to become acquainted with their children’s classrooms and learn about teachers’ plans for the year. A reception and community meeting will take place in the gym beginning at 6:00 p.m. Tours of the new sixth floor Upper School classrooms will also take place during this time. Class presentations will begin at 7:00 p.m. in your child’s classroom... Read More
Posted on Friday, September 7, 2018
As the 2018-19 school year begins, the New York Civil Liberties Union is seeking high school students to join the Teen Activist Project (TAP), a paid youth program focused on social justice, activism, and the law. Visit to learn more and apply.  Applications are due online by September 28. The program is ideal for youth interested in health care, law, social justice, and community organizing. TAP members meet weekly to discuss social justice issues and get hands-on training... Read More
Posted on Friday, September 7, 2018
Thursday morning students arrived at Manhattan Country School for the first day of the school year. Outside, MCS Director Michèle Sola and George Popovic, building maintenance and greeter extraordinaire, welcomed children and their grown ups with hugs and high fives as they entered the front door. As children headed up to their classrooms and parents mingled in the lobby, the building was filled with laughter and spirited conversations about summer vacations and the new year to come. ... Read More
Posted on Wednesday, September 5, 2018
As our school continues to grow, we have revised our arrival and dismissal procedures to accommodate the increasing numbers of families. Please read below for our new routines: Arrival School opens at 8:30 am. Students are expected to be in their classrooms at 8:45 am, and students who arrive after that should get a late pass from the front desk to give to their teacher. 4-5s and 5-6s: Living Room & Landing Annex If 4-5s and 5-6s arrive earlier than 8:30 am, they are invited to wait in... Read More
Posted on Sunday, June 17, 2018
One morning, an educator visiting Manhattan Country School  from another school asked me, “Where do you find your books?” I said, “Well, that’s kind of complicated. It happens in a bunch of ways!” Scribbling down a title of a book that a father is reading to his daughter on the subway.  Or sitting in a corner of a bookstore until closing. Or sifting through a myriad of book reviews, websites, tweets, etc. Or a friend tells me that I have to read this book about a boy who wants to be a mermaid... Read More